Masaccio to Matisse

On at least four occasions, different characters in Dance use alliterative contradictory pairings of artists’ names to emphasize ignorance of art. While this name dropping or name dissing may not be as important as other artistic references for understanding the text, we will join Powell’s fun by providing visual examples of the contradictions.

Touring Stourwater, Jenkins “felt certain that Sir Magnus was secure in the exact market price of every object” there. This reminded Jenkins of Barnby’s description of “a chartered accountant, scarcely aware of how pictures are produced, who could at the same time enter any gallery and pick out the most expensive work there ‘from Masaccio to Matisse’…” [BM 211/201]

Masaccio (1401-1428) was the first great painter of the Quattrocento in Florence; Henri Matisse (1869-1954) helped lead the great changes in modern art in France in the first half of the twentieth century. To compare their styles on the same subject, we have taken some chronological liberty; the Matisse Adam and Eve was done about twenty years after the scene at Stourwater, but before Powell wrote BM. While the Masaccio is priceless and unavailable, today the chartered accountant could buy the Matisse lithograph (from an edition of 320) from Caroline Wiseman Modern and Contemporary for £1000 (accessed 12/1/13).

Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden Masaccio ~1425 fresco from the walls walls of the Brancacci Chapel in the church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence,  photo public domain from Wikimedia Commons

Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden
Masaccio ~1425
fresco from the walls walls of the Brancacci Chapel in the church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence,
photo public domain from Wikimedia Commons

Adam and Eve, Florilege des Amours de Ronsard Henri Matisse, 1948 16 by 13 inches Original lithograph in sanguine on Arches paper. Inspired by the love poetry of Ronsard; Printed at L'Atelier Mourlot; Published by Alberta Skira in an edition of 320

Adam and Eve, Florilege des Amours de Ronsard
Henri Matisse, 1948
16 by 13 inches
Original lithograph in sanguine on Arches paper.
Inspired by the love poetry of Ronsard; Printed at L’Atelier Mourlot; Published by Alberta Skira in an edition of 320

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s